Jon Batiste And Stay Human, Live In Concert A 20-something singing pianist of the New Orleans tradition, Batiste has an entertainer's charisma and chops to match. He met his band at Juilliard — and does "modern jazz" with a metropolitan flair.
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Jon Batiste and Stay Human perform at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
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Jon Batiste And Stay Human, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

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A 20-something singing pianist of the New Orleans virtuoso tradition, Jonathan Batiste has a natural entertainer's charisma and chops to match. He now lives in New York — he met his band in school at Juilliard — and can do "modern jazz" with a metropolitan attitude. But Stay Human is named for its dedication to live music magic, which results in second-line-style parades in the subways and through the Lower East Side. It's perfect for Newport's festive setting — and yes, there's a tuba.

Personnel

  • Jonathan Batiste, piano/melodica/voice
  • Eddie Barbash, alto sax
  • Ibanda Ruhumbika, tuba
  • Philip Kuehn, bass
  • Joe Saylor, drums

Set List

  • "Star-Spangled Banner"
  • "Red Beans" (Batiste)
  • "Killing Me Softly with His Song" (Fox, Gimbel)
  • "On the Sunny Side of the Street" (McHugh, Fields)
  • "St. James Infirmary Blues" (Trad.)
  • "The Entertainer" (Joplin)
  • "Floor Tom"
  • "Why You Gotta"
  • "Amazing Grace" (Trad.)
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